Translation of free in Spanish:


libre, adj.

Pronunciation /fri/ /friː/

See Spanish definition of libre

adjective freer, freest

  • 1

    • 1.1(at liberty)

      to go free
      • he went free for years because of lack of witnesses
      • they let him go free for lack of evidence
      free to + inf
      • you're free to do what you think best
      • you're free to leave whenever you want
      • having a nanny leaves me free to go out more often
      to be free ser libre
      • I am not free (to marry) no soy libre
      • to set sb free dejar / poner a algn en libertad
      • divorce set me free from a life of drudgery el divorcio me liberó de una vida de esclavitud
      • to get free escaparse

    • 1.2

      (country/people/press) libre
      (translation/interpretation) libre
      the right of free speech la libertad de expresión
      • you've got a free choice in this matter tienes plena libertad en este asunto
      • I had free access to the archive podía usar el archivo con toda libertad

    • 1.3(loose)

      to come/work free soltarse
      • he left/kept one end free dejó suelto/no ató uno de los extremos
      • the boat floated free of the sandbank el bote se desencalló del banco de arena

  • 2

    • 2.1(without, rid of)

      free from sth libre de algo
      free of sth libre de algo
      at last I was free from pain/financial worries por fin me vi libre del dolor/de las preocupaciones económicas
      • the book is free from any political bias el libro está libre de todo sesgo político
      • at last we're free of her por fin nos hemos librado de ella
      • free of / from additives/preservatives sin aditivos/conservantes
      • keep the mechanism free of / from dirt/dust mantenga limpio/libre de polvo el mecanismo

    • 2.2(exempt)

      free of tax libre de impuestos

  • 3

    (costing nothing)
    (ticket/food/sample/offer) (invariable adjective) gratis
    (ticket/food/sample/offer) gratuito
    (schooling/health care/bus service) gratuito
    you get a free gift with every purchase te regalan algo con cada compra
    • admission free entrada gratuita / libre
    • free delivery entrega gratuita a domicilio
    • you have free use of the pool puede usar la piscina sin pagar
  • 4

    • 4.1(vacant)

      is this table free? ¿está libre esta mesa?

    • 4.2(unobstructed)

      (passage/exit/view) libre
      (passage/exit/view) despejado

    • 4.3(not occupied)

      (time/hands) libre
      I have no free time at all no tengo ni un momento libre
      • are you free tomorrow? ¿estás libre mañana?
      • I'm not free this evening tengo un compromiso esta noche
      • keep this date free no te comprometas para esta fecha
      • Mrs Styles is free to see you now la señora Styles lo puede atender ahora

  • 5

    • 5.1(lavish)

      to be free with sth ser generoso con algo

      • they were very free with the drink
      • she's too free with her advice

    • 5.2(familiar)

      confianzudo mainly Latin America informal
      he's very free with his boss se toma muchas libertades con su jefe


  • 1

    (without payment)
    (travel/repair/service) gratuitamente
    (travel/repair/service) gratis
    you get one free with every packet con cada paquete te regalan uno / te dan uno gratis
    • you get one for free with every packet con cada paquete te regalan uno / te dan uno gratis
    • I got in for free entré gratis / sin pagar / de balde
    • Those who cannot afford to pay this fee are exempted and treated free of cost.
    • I f a unit of electricity cannot be produced free of cost, it should not be given to anybody free of cost.
    • The Trust will shortly open a Help Centre in the city to provide counselling for patients free of cost.
    • Anything which is given free of cost will not be appreciated and it will be misused.
    • Child specialist, Dr H Raju, will treat these children free of cost every Tuesday.
    • The management had provided all the text books, free of cost to the students.
    • Banks may soon get a screen-based platform to trade in foreign currencies free of cost.
    • Leprosy awareness has however increased and it can be cured at the initial stage, free of cost.
    • The magazine will be distributed free of cost to create awareness in the community and society.
    • When our government says basic education will be imparted free of cost it simply offers not to charge tuition fees.
    • Boys suffering any sort of injury will be taken to the hospital, and treated free of cost.
    • And I got another one free with the paper the other day, which would be quite light to post.
    • It comes free with the food and is so good you are in danger of eating too much and blunting your appetite.
    • I still have a T-shirt that came free with 200 cigarettes from a Tenerife supermarket.
    • Think of the thousands of small webcams that come free with computer packages.
    • I like London, particularly now that I can travel about it free with my old person's Freedom Pass.
    • As throughout the summer, children under five can swim free with a parent or carer at Kingfisher Leisure Centre.
  • 2

    (without restriction)
    (roam/wander/run) a su antojo

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(liberate)

      (prisoner/hostage) poner en libertad
      (prisoner/hostage) dejar en libertad
      (prisoner/hostage) soltar
      (animal) soltar
      (nation/people/slave) liberar
      to free sb from sth liberar a algn de algo

      • he freed the country from tyranny
      • she freed herself from her mother's influence
      • a credit card frees you from financial worries when traveling
      to free sb to + inf permitirle a algn + inf

      • this frees me to concentrate on my work
      • After she is freed from slavery, she becomes a teacher, writer, and activist for the black race and for women's rights.
      • Nine hostages were freed from the building earlier yesterday.
      • The truth is that a hostage was not freed by the kidnappers.
      • He was then freed on bail but remained under electronic surveillance.
      • The operation was a success: the hostages were all freed, unharmed.
      • He said they would free all the hostages if police released the rest of the detained protesters.
      • He was the first person to greet them when they were finally freed from prison.
      • All bar three of the captives were freed unharmed.
      • The three injured prisoners were also freed and taken to hospital.
      • Mr Bamford was held in custody for five months before being freed on bail.
      • Many involve men who have been freed by the courts and are thus legally innocent.
      • Fourteen years after being freed from jail, he finds himself fighting for justice again.
      • Both families held by the gang responsible were later freed unharmed, but deeply traumatised.
      • He was freed on parole in March having changed his name.
      • They have led to innocent people being jailed and criminals being freed on legal technicalities.
      • He was freed on parole in August last year after serving half of his one year prison term for assault.
      • Would-be saboteurs cut the locks off horse pens at a corral, freeing about 40 wild horses.
      • Some freed the slaves, other sent them back to their master for lack of means to care for them.
      • Not charged with a real crime or provided access to lawyers, these people must be deported promptly or freed, or many will languish, and more will die.
      • A few minutes later, the heavily armed hostage-takers freed 25 women and children from the other side of the school.
      • Passers-by came to the guard's aid and freed him from his restraints.
      • They were at the scene for 90 minutes, helping to free the victims and clear the road.
      • The powerful one frees himself and unties the bonds of everyone else.
      • Two tugs from Clyde coastguards tried unsuccessfully to pull the vessel clear and it was freed the next day on the early morning tide.
      • I was once on a TV programme with an escapologist who freed himself from a sack bound with chains.
      • He frees his right arm with a jerk.
      • Her hands flailed wildly, searching for anything to help her free herself from his grip.
      • He was eventually freed by firefighters and suffered only minor injuries.
      • Mrs Welsh was trapped in the wreckage and had to be freed by firefighters.
      • She was freed from her car and rushed to Worcester Royal Infirmary but paramedics and hospital staff were unable to save her.
      • A mark of the confusion attending the rescue operation came when it was widely reported that five firefighters, trapped for two days in the rubble, had been freed from their concrete tomb.
      • An unconscious man was freed from his wrecked car but was pronounced dead just over 30 minutes later at Leeds General Infirmary, from internal injuries.
      • The outside lane of the northbound carriageway was temporarily closed while the man was freed from the vehicle, causing a two mile tailback.
      • The inquest heard that after he was freed from the wreckage by firefighters he was airlifted to the Royal United Hospital in Bath but died soon after arrival.
      • They used hydraulic lifting gear to free the car which was wedged under the driver's cabin of the bus and it was two hours before the woman's body could be freed from the wreckage.
      • The man was freed from the scaffolding by 4pm and was today recovering in hospital.
      • It took a crew from the Farnworth station an hour to rip up floorboards and remove the bath to free the kitten.
      • The two other occupants, sitting in the front and rear passenger side seats, were quickly freed after firefighters removed two doors.
      • The motorway was closed as rescuers battled to free casualties from the twisted wreckage of the coach.
      • After three hours the couple were freed by firemen who rescued them from a window.
      • Already the move, which frees the club from restrictive rules, has paid dividends, explained Mr Collins.
      • The FCC is, in effect, holding out the possibility of freeing the networks from restrictions on buying up more stations.
      • Diabetics could have their lives dramatically transformed by a new approach, developed in Yorkshire, freeing them of restrictions on their diet.
      • The event was staged to celebrate the Locomotives on Highways Act, freeing the motorist from the restrictive four miles an hour speed limit.
      • More and more, corporations are freed of the restrictions imposed on them by former regimes.
      • Since Arnott is now freed from the constraints of teaching university students, expect more delight from this accomplished sculptor.
      • Therefore older women will be freed from the constraint of declining ovarian egg releases.
      • Therefore people should be freed from the bondage of religious superstition and empowered to overthrow their leaders.
      • Once she was freed from the contractual bondage in December 2001, there was no stopping this beauty.
      • When they become guerrillas the women set themselves free from patriarchal bonds.
      • Would my partner and I be freed from the tyranny of having to rise early to provide a nutritious packed lunch for our daughter?
      • A future in which succeeding generations are freed from the need to spawn wealth anew can allow children, and grandchildren, to lead lives on a higher plane.
      • They must be freed from the shackles of theories.
      • The office-bearers have also promised to sustain the movement till the country is freed from the clutches of corruption.
      • Futurist and functionalist discourses displayed the aeroplane as the emancipation of man, freeing him from earthbound limitations.
      • Online life can be quite liberating in the way it frees you from your physicality and lets you become something else…
      • Performance responds to this dilemma by unlocking the restraints of self identity and freeing students to explore a variety of knowledge claims.
      • He came to free people, to liberate their minds and hearts from all that bound them.
      • The Internet frees us from the pesky constraints of our physical bodies.

    • 1.2(relieve, rid)

      to free sth of sth
      • he promised to free the country of corruption
      • they had freed the road of all obstacles

  • 2

    • 2.1(untie, release)

      (bound person) soltar
      (bound person) dejar libre
      (trapped person) rescatar

    • 2.2(loose, clear)

      (sth stuck or caught) desenganchar
      (sth stuck or caught) soltar